So apparently we’re event organisers now! Our third edition of #TheBloggersMarket took place last Saturday after two weeks of intense Facebook messaging (there were Kanye-style streams of consciousness), brainstorming and clothes-sorting. Yes, it was a little bit like an Apprentice episode. Mishaps aside, sometimes it’s nice to get out of our individual bubbles and meet people IRL. When it comes to blogging, it’s all too easy to get bogged down by the comparison curse and what you don’t have, that you can forget about all the positives. #TheBloggersMarket is all about bringing the grid to life! I found it so comforting to chat to people who follow IWYTK and sit through the most random Snapchat stories (yes, even the lip-synching to Billy Joel). I’m won’t get too soppy (though meeting some 12-year-old readers with on point photography skills would probably set me off), but we just want to say thank you to anyone who came along, shopped, snapped or just had a little chat with Olivia, Carrie, Lucy, Dunya and I. We can’t wait to do it again!
ALL THE THINGS
The Hoxton, Holborn was the perfect central location for our third event, just look at it! It’s a shame that The Apartment isn’t the real deal and I can’t switch up my zone three digs. Still, it’s such a cool space where you can create your own little world of sorts. In the food zone we had breakfast pots by Cuckoo, baskets of Propercorn, plenty of Vita Coco and the most delightful cakes by Afternoon Crumbs that fitted into our botanical theme. Nicole even kindly boxed us up a set as she knew we wouldn’t have time to grab any, I’m going to try and hold onto the biscuits for as long as possible!
As always, we’d love any feedback on how to make our events even bigger and better (we also have a mailing list you can sign up to)! It’s so important to reinforce the blogging community, because it’s that same community that has helped me become the person I am today. I never thought that after meeting Lucy & Carrie in 2009 at Tampax (yes Tampax) and Specsavers events respectively, Olivia at the Cosmopolitan blog awards and Dunya in Brighton a few years later, that we’d become firm friends who can talk about so many things beyond blogging. We’re still not totally sure how we’re going to do it, but deep down we want to create the kind of event where you can hopefully build a network, find collaborators and also friends for life in a completely organic way. Watch this space!